Build your own Testbox
This page contains instructions for sites interested in building their own test-boxes, either for public or private experiments. The procedure is relatively straight-forward.
- Fill in the order form.
- After you have filled in one of these forms, the RIPE NCC will send you a customised version of the TTM Contract and the TTM Terms and Conditions. Please sign this form and return it to the RIPE NCC. Also pay the invoice for the service fee.
- Find a machine that meets the minimum requirements, see below.
- Create a boot floppy for the initial setup of the machine.
- The RIPE NCC will then download the software.
In case of a private experiment, the first two steps can be skipped. However, all support by the RIPE NCC ends after the software has been downloaded. Control of the box will be transferred back to you. In this setup, the box can only be used to measure to other boxes that you have configured yourself.
The following specifications are the minimum requirements to run the TTM software:
|Processor:||Intel Pentium IV or better
A free PCI/PCI-X slot
|PCIe is not compatible with the current form factor of our GPS interface card.|
|Memory:||512 Mb or more||None|
|Ethernet Card:||Any card supported by FreeBSD||None|
|Harddisk:||2 hard disks, EIDE/SATA, 10 Gb or more||Our software for public experiments assumes that the machine has 2 disks.|
|Video card:||Any video card capable of doing 25x80 characters.|
|GPS Receiver:||Previous units from Trimble, the Palissade and the Acutime 2000, are supported but no longer available.|
|GPS Interface:||RIPE NCC||An RS422 to RS232 interface, 3 pairs (2 down, 1 up), plus powersupply for the Trimble.|
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